3PL Contract Reviews and Tender Management
Go Supply Chain Consulting has significant experience in the outsourcing of logistics services.
Logistics service providers (LSPs) offer customers the possibility to outsource logistics services for the complete range of supply chain functions and needs.
Some of the key supply chain functions that can be outsourced include:
The first thing to do is to understand the pros and cons of outsourcing the logistics functions of your business and develop an outsource vs insource strategy. Once you have this strategy you can then start the outsourcing process for the relevant logistics functions…
Our approach to outsourcing logistics services is as follows:
- Work with you to develop an insource vs outsource strategy
- Help you to identify the relevant vendors for the logistics functions you plan to outsource
- Manage the request for information (RFI) process to create a shortlist of key vendors to ask for a detailed bid
- Specify your requirement in a detailed request for quotation (RFQ) process to ensure that meaningful, directly comparable offers are made
- We will help you to evaluate the comparative bids enabling you to understand the value proposition and the risks involved with each provider
- We will engage with you and the selected supplier in the negotiation and contracting phase advising you on what to expect and how you can drive further value for your business
- Following selection and contract award we will support the implementation planning and review the operation to ensure what was promised has been delivered
Outsourcing for the first time or even changing provider can bring big potential risks ranging from commercial disagreements with the chosen service provider to service disruption, resulting in lost sales and customer service issues.
Our directors have worked in the bid teams of leading logistics service providers and on behalf of major customers in the procurement of logistics services. We are well equipped to help you.
An additional service we offer is LSP contract reviews.
It can be very tempting when you already have a logistics service provider and are looking for cost reductions to carry out a tender process for “benchmarking” purposes. The thing to remember is that it often takes significant time and resources for an LSP to respond during a tender process.
Regularly running "benchmarking" processes with no intention of changing provider will risk damaging relationships with LSPs they may even stop responding to your future requests.
The alternative is to review your existing contract and operation to identify where there is potential to find efficiencies. We can help you to carry out contract reviews when what you are looking for is a reduction in logistics costs rather than a change of provider.
Go Supply Chain Consulting can help you to manage your suppliers and operations to achieve the most value from your logistics functions and overall supply chain.